We are a diverse and welcoming fostering agency, so we welcome enquires about being a foster carer from everyone. Your marital status, race, culture, sexual orientation, home ownership status or level of income does not affect your chances. In fact, we believe the diversity of the foster carers we work with is a positive thing when finding the best possible family for a child.
The most important thing we look for in a potential foster carer is that they can offer a safe, caring and supportive home for a child or young person.
Here is an idea of some of the qualities/criteria we look for in potential foster carers.
- You genuinely want to help children and young people.
- It is preferable you are over 25, however there are exceptions.
- You have a spare bedroom for each foster child.
- You understand the difference between looking after your own children and caring for a foster child.
- You realistically consider how fostering will impact your own children and extended family.
- You can cope in difficult and sometimes stressful situations.
- You want to foster because you care for children, not because you expect anything from them.
- You are patient – it might take time for your foster child to settle into your home and trust you.
- You are not expecting a ‘model’ child. Many of the children we work with have challenging behaviours as a result of their earlier experiences, such as lying, stealing or sexualised behaviour.
- You can help a foster child deal with their big emotions.
- You have a supportive network of family and friends who will help with the pressures of fostering.
- You are not too houseproud – some things might get broken or moved.
- If something goes wrong, you can ask for help, learn from it and grow.
- You are a good team player and can work collaboratively with others.
- You have a good sense of humour and don’t take things too personally.
Sometimes there are other things we need to consider when looking for the right foster carer for a child or young person, for example, there may be times when children need a carer to be at home full time.